A story about players who lead their teams to a state title and then grab top postseason honors is not unusual.
But that’s not the story for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A all-state basketball teams.
Lafayette Christian’s Kalob LeDoux and Andrea Cournoyer of Merryville did more than enough to net Outstanding Player honors without winning a title.
LeDoux, a 6-foot-2 senior, led Lafayette Christian to the 1A semifinals with averages of 21 points, five rebounds and two assists. LeDoux helped LCA beat two state champions in higher classifications during the regular season.
Cournoyer proved her scoring average of 32.7 points was anything but a fluke. The 5-7 sophomore broke a 49-year-old Top 28 record by scoring 69 points in two games, including 35 in the title-game loss to Arcadia. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game.
Arcadia’s Marcus Jackson and Philip George of Montgomery claimed Coach of the Year honors from a panel of sportswriters across the state.
Jackson led Arcadia to the first boys basketball title in school history. The 26-5 Hornets upset Lafayette Christian in the semifinals before beating Southern Lab in the title game.
George led Montgomery to a 25-7 record and a Top 28 berth just two years after the team won just four games.
LeDoux is joined on the first team by the Arcadia duo of Travious Fielding and Danquarian Fields. Fielding averaged 16.2 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. Fields also averaged 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Northwood Lena’s Michael Layssard and LeDoux’s twin Jacob completed the first team. Layssard averaged 24.6 points and 2.6 blocked shots per game, while Jacob LeDoux averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Khelsea Foster of 1A champion Arcadia also helps lead the girls first team. She averaged 12.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game for the Hornets. Southern Lab’s Cailain Williams, North Central’s Quaniqua Joseph and Montgomery’s Karlee Teddlie completed the first team.
Williams averaged 20 points and eight rebounds for SLHS. Joseph led NCHS to the semifinals with averages of 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists. Teddlie averaged 22 points a game and also led her team to the semifinals.
Southern Lab’s Dexter Dennis (14.0 points per game), Sicily Island’s Devion Dunbar (25.9 ppg), Hamilton Christian’s Kenan Fontenot (16.3 ppg), Lafayette Christian’s Greg Williams (11.0 ppg) and Delhi’s Jaimarkeis Percy (19.0) made up the boys second team.
The girls second team included White Castle’s Brooklyn Falcon (18.5 ppg), Kentwood’s Aliyah Cooper (19.0 ppg), Lafayette Christian’s Ajia Robinson (18.0 ppg), Oak Grove’s Naja Mayers (20.6 ppg) and Delhi’s LeShenae Stubblefield (21.0 ppg).